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Report: Bruins targeting top-six forwards other than Iginla

Mar 25, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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With the price of Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla reportedly sky-high, the Boston Bruins appear to be spreading their interests around.

That’s the story from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty on Monday. According to sources, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is in on the Iginla talks, but also inquiring “about other available top six forwards.”

The aggression shown by Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero over the last 48 hours — acquiring Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray — has added pressure to the Bruins in the chase for Eastern Conference supremacy.

While getting Iginla would be a huge win for Boston, it would also come at a steep cost.

Sources suggest the Flames are high on 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban, who would theoretically be Miikka Kiprusoff‘s replacement when the 36-year-old Finn decides to call it a day.

But Subban would only be part of a package that would reportedly need to include another prospect and a draft pick — which may be too rich for Chiarelli.

Ergo, the B’s would need to look elsewhere for offensive talent.

Here’s more, from Haggerty:

A source with knowledge of trade discussions has indicated to that the Bruins are in on several other available top six forwards just in case the Iginla talks fall apart. Jaromir Jagr and Marty St. Louis are a pair of game-changing players that could fit the bill as offensive playmakers and power-play boosters that could immediately help the Black and Gold’s attack.

They also might be available in a package for lesser assets than what Calgary is seeking for Iginla.

Czech Republic center David Krejci grew up idolizing Jagr, and acquiring the future Hall of Famer could provide a big boost for their No. 1 center. Likewise St. Louis’ playmaking abilities have factored heavily into the development of Steve Stamkos as a goal scorer for Tampa Bay. It has to be tantalizing to think what kind of damage a St. Louis/Seguin combo could do in black and gold.

Haggerty also reports Daniel Briere’s name has been mentioned as another possible trade target.

Last year, the Bruins failed to net an impact player at the deadline, opting instead to add depth with forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau.

That paled in comparison to 2011, when the B’s picked up Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly in advance of the deadline, then spent huge to get defenseman Tomas Kaberle the day of.

  1. habsman - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Iginla is black. Not a good fit for Boston.

    • habsman - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Joel Ward and Torry Smith say Hi!

    • micklethepickle - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      I thought the EXACT same thing when I read the headline, lol. No way Boston’s GM brings Iginla to the Bruins…. he knows his fan base.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      just one more reason to dislike the Bruins And Boston in general.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      …yet they drafted Malcom Subban. Your argument is invalid.

      • habsman - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Never said the Bruins were racist.

        I said the Boston fan base is racist. And that is very valid.

      • bbgraf08 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        habsman again speaking without any knowledge. Just as in any major US city, there are idiots in Boston; some of these idiots who are racist. Boston is a very liberal / college driven town in which the reputation of prevalent racism is over outdated. You are making a determination off the actions of a few, mixed with a historical reality about this city.

        Ask Kevin Garnett…he publicly called Boston a racist city until he arrived, and since, he has completely and totally retracted the statement.

      • bbgraf08 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        Sidenote—I’m still convinced habman isn’t a real person but adopting this persona for some entertainment purpose. I can’t believe one person would be so utterly focused one on topic the way he is in relation to Boston.

      • habsman - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Why not ask Joel Ward, or Torry Smith, or Bill Russell, or Jim Rice, and on and on and…

      • blkeskimo1785 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        You could also ask Anson Carter…I’m sure he didn’t have any problems playing in Boston.

      • bbgraf08 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Direct Jim Rice quote on racism in Boston (in response to a Torii Hunter statement): “as for racism, I have never had an experience like that.” He went on to say (in reference to racism): “never heard anything negative in Boston nor on the road.” At this same time, David Ortiz echoed his sentiments. So you name dropped Jim Rice, who disagrees with you, for what reason?

        As for Joel Ward and Torry Smith…As I said, there are idiots everywhere. Boston as a city was embarrassed by these situations.

      • bbgraf08 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Anson Carter on playing in Boston (again, the context of the conversation was racism):

        “When I was traded there, my parents were worried,’’ he recalled. “I remember them saying, ‘Are you sure you’re going to be OK? Shouldn’t you get out of there?’ But my experience in Boston was awesome. Everyone was tremendous.’’

      • onearmdragon - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        Habsman should visit Mtl sometime. Lovely city, greta people.

        And like all cities, it ahs idiots. Like Habs fans wearing black face to “support” Subban.

        Yeah. Black face, from his own fans.

        “Yup, That’s Some Blackface At A Hockey Game

        Got a highly touted prospect in the minors, and you want to show the world you’re a fan? You could wear his jersey. Or, if you’re in Quebec, you could break out the shoe polish and afro wigs.”

    • nhstateline - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      the Boston fan base is not any more or less racist than anyone else’s and the Bruins organization absolutely isn’t racist. Otherwise why would they keep making a big deal out of Willie O’Ree and why would they have drafted Malcolm Subban ?

      Nobody’s thrown a banana at a visiting player and there are no racist chants against visiting minority players here for example. The one idiot that I heard saying racist stuff about PK during the playoffs a couple of years ago (and it was one guy) got booed down by the rest of the crowd that could hear him and had to stop. As for the tweets last year, those came from lots of places (including Canada) not just the Boston area. This is a tired argument based on a somewhat painful history but nothing like what’s going on in other places. It’s time for people like you to enter the world of the present and stop living in the world of the past that never really existed.

      • habsman - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        I can understand your desire to distance yourself and the rest of your fan base from your racist history, I really do. But you cannot simply write it off to tweets from outside the area. The fact that blacks have played for the Bruins is irrelevent. I did not say the Bruins were racist, I said your fan base is racist.

        I agree that racists are everywhere, in every city. But to say that Boston’s fan base is no more or less racist than anyone else’s is inconsisstant with what we know. The most recent example was the tweets that Torry Smith of the Ravens received from Boston fans about his dead brother after the Pat’s loss. And nobody has forgotten the shameful episode last year with Joel Ward.

        I could go on, but you get the idea. Racism seems to be a bigger problem with Boston fans than in other centres. Sorry.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Marty would be huggggeee! I’ve been watching him since college.

  3. mpops86 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Correction: Boston traded for Chris Kelly on Feb 15, then Kaberle and Peverley on Feb 18, 2011.

    Trade deadline was Feb 28, 2011.

  4. jaredo10 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    trade for Carl crawford/ Wes Walker type player.. haha garbage

  5. ikillchicken - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Does Boston really need a top 6 forward? Seems to me that they’ve already got a pretty solid top 6 with Lucic/Krejci/Horton and Marchant/Bergeron/Seguin. Wouldn’t a smaller scale trade for more of a middle six guy or a third line center be more suitable?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      They do have an impressive top-6, but like the article says, the Pens might have forced their hands to make a move. Obviously Chiarelli won’t make a kneejerk trade just to match what Pittsburgh has done, but it could factor into the decision. After all the Pens have beaten Boston twice this year. Despite those victories and even with Pittsburgh tearing it up, after having watch both teams play numerous times this season, I believe the Bruins can beat the Pens if they were to meet in the playoffs. Their team defense, excellent goaltending, and timely scoring could give the Pens fits during tight playoff hockey. That said, acquiring another top notch forward would give the Bruins an even better chance to be the team coming out of the East. Don’t give up Subban but Chiarelli will do what he needs to put the Bruins over the top.

  6. tlndma - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    There’s not one Bruins fan that doesn’t want Iginla.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      I don’t, and certainly not at the price they’re asking. All these guys would be great if this was ten years ago. We need a legitimate scoring threat not a veteran locker room presence.

      • itripledogdareyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        EVERY contending team’s fanbase should want Iginla badly. He may not be 25 anymore but he still possesses exceptional skill, solid and intelligent play, veteran leadership and character. Not only that, his desire to win a cup will make him a force in this year’s playoffs.

        As a hockey fan, I hope like hell he wins a cup before his career is over.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Not to take anything away from him but I don’t think he’s what the B’s are missing right now.

  7. crusty14 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    What about Willie O’Ree, the first black hockey player, the Jackie Robinson of hockey? He was a bruin! Habsman all your arguments are weak.

  8. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I don’t know much about racism in Boston, but…

    What of the historical anti-anglo bias with les Canadien…preferential drafting of Quebec born players once entrenched in League drafts being a good example?

    Imperative need for a french coach in Montreal is enough to curdle one’s pea soup, drop poutine from one’s diet or heaven forbid, swear-off ogling beautiful french girls!

    As an English speaking Canadian I’ve been deeply wounded and possibly scarred by Quebec’s Bill 101…so much so, I advocate removal of Quebec and its anti-english laws and proclivities from the Federation [ after it repays its proportional share of the Federal debt and refunds fifty years of equalization payments culled from filthy rich Alberta and well, Ontario ]?

    Maybe Quebecers need to be reminded Wolfe beat Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham?

    I just don’t know…

  9. turtlematt18 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    I would give up Subban in a heartbeat. The Bruins have Niklas Svedberg playing in Providence and who is one major reason why the p-bruins are in first place. I have watched him play and he is the real deal. Subban is not the answer for the Bruins.

  10. arbruins - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    The flames are asking too much for iginla. I am sure stlouis or briere would fit perfectly and the bs would still be able to keep Suban.

    Habsman is just listening to negative media and is simply stirring the pot. I have been to Montreal numerous times and my family is from Canada…there is not much difference between the two cities other than the French speaking population hates everyone!

  11. arbruins - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Update, the Flyers can keep Briere now

  12. habsmans300poundsister - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    mom never banged any black guys does that make her racist?

    • habsman - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Mom was never fussy about who she “dated.” You for example are the result of her spending a night with a carnival clown. But I still love ya Sis.

  13. multiplemiggs - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The Habs have the most racist fans in the NHL. Throwing bananas at Kevin Weekes, who are you tryin to kid guy?

  14. nhstateline - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Two words: Pauline Marois. That was a very inclusive, multi-cultural campaign she ran last summer, eh ? We need no lectures in Boston about racism from the residents of a city who elected that woman to any kind of public office. You have no room to talk about whose racist and who isn’t after that campaign worked in Quebec last year.

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